Mavericks Hoping to Bounce Back Against Black Hills State
Sometimes it’s not about whether you win or lose. It’s about how you lose. The CMU Maverick women’s basketball team suffered it’s first loss of the season last week at Colorado Chrisitan University 77-73. The unbeaten record is gone but for Head Coach Taylor Wagner the disappointment is more in how the game was lost. “I think it was kind of disappointing because we had a chance to win," Coach Wagner said. " We got up early and then didn’t finish it out the right way. We turned it over, got into foul trouble, and couldn’t get enough stops.”
The Mavericks hold a two game lead in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with four weekends remaining in the regular season and currently are in position for the #1 seed in the RMAC Shootout, which would mean the chance to host the tournament.
They will take it one game at a time, beginning tonight with Black Hills State. The Mavericks beat the Yellowjackets 77-48 on December 1st in Spearfish, SD. But this looks like a different BHS team. They beat Regis last week, after they had lost to the Rangers by 36 earlier in the season. Coach Wagner says he’s expecting a tough game.”They’re a lot better than at the beginning of the year and playing with a lot of confidence. Their girls are a lot more aggressive so we’ll have our hands full.” Black Hills State is 7-12 overall and 6-9 in conference play.
The Maverick men are also coming off a loss to Colorado Christian 83-65, after beating Colorado Mines in overtime the night before 77-74. The Mavericks, 14-5 overall and 11-4 in the RMAC take on a Black Hills State team the Mavericks beat 86-72 in Spearfish back in December. The Yellowjackets are 5-14 overall and 4-11 in the RMAC.
The Mavericks currently sit in 4th place in the RMAC, two games ahead of Colorado Mines and CSU Pueblo.
Saturday night the Mavericks host the Chadron State Eagles. The women’s game begins at 5:30 both nights followed by the men’s game at around 7:30pm.
(Zane Mathews provides play-by-play for Mavericks Basketball on AM 1230 KEXO and on- line at www.kexo1230.com)